Cancer Specialist Abeloff Dead At 65

Baltimore: Dr. Martin D. Abeloff, an authority on the breast cancer treatment and chief oncologist at Johns Hopkins, died on Friday in Baltimore. He was 65 years old.

Mr. Abeloff guided the Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University for the last 15 years.

Vanessa Wasta, a representative for the cancer center said that Abeloff’s death followed a fight with leukemia, a type of cancer.

Wasta added that his leukemia was growing slowly, but his condition got worsened this past spring.

Edward Miller, dean and chief executive of Johns Hopkins Medicine, told, “Marty was that iconic Hopkins physician, scientist, educator, leader and good citizen rolled into one.”

Abeloff’s achievements record consisted past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, past chairman of the Oncology Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration and past chairman of the Board of Scientific Counselors to the National Cancer Institutes' intramural division of clinical sciences.

Dr. Abeloff is survived by his wife, Diane, two daughters, Elisa Abeloff and Jennifer Abeloff; three grandchildren; and his sister, Marilyn Fox.